Citaros Enter Service
The new Euro 5 Citaros are now entering service on First routes 75, 76 and 77 between Slough and Heathrow.
64035 in Tamar Way, Langley on route to Maidenhead. Thanks to Mark Lyons for this photo.
The nearside of 64035. Thanks to Mark Lyons for this photo.
First Brand 190 and Training Vehicles
First 'Over Ground' Route branding has now been applied to the five Scanias that normally operate on route 190. Coloured dark blue the branding reads Bracknell - Western Business Area - Wokingham - Winnersh - Earley - Reading up to every 20 minutes and has been fitted to 60164/5/6/7/8.
60168 wearing the new branding which also advertises a £15 weekly ticket and a £50 4 week ticket. Thanks to Matt Wooll for this photo.
One of the withdrawn Berkhof bodied Scanias has also returned to the fleet, now in training livery.
The side view of 64794 outside Bracknell garage. Thanks to Matt Wooll for this photo.
Solo Demonstrator at Newbury
MAN-engined Optare Solo demonstrator YJ07 EGC arrived at Newbury on 10th for evaluation. The MAN engine is a new option for the Solo, and has already gained significant orders from Stagecoach. The main benefit is that MAN have achieved Euro IV emissions standards without the need for an exhaust cleaning agent (ad-blue) and the associated depot infrastructure.
The demonstrator has appeared on various routes including trunk route 102 from Newbury to Reading. Thanks to Brian Coney for this photo taken yesterday.